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InfoAge Pioneers are a select group of persons who are working to preserve New Jersey’s and the nation’s electronic heritage for the benefit of education at the beautiful Shark River site of the 1914 Marconi high-power station in Wall Township.
We appreciate anyone joining as a Member, and if you feel inspired and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, come out and help us in the clean-ups.
There is always room for volunteers – If you want to learn or help with the Website or get involved with one of the partner groups, please contact us and become an important contributor in helping to preserve this National Historic Landmark.
Information Age Learning Center (InfoAge) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization as as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. This means that donations made to InfoAge qualify for a deduction on taxes.
Our non-profit status may be verified at the IRS website on their Search for Charities page. We are listed as “Information Age Learning Center” and it will confirm that we are located in Wall Township, New Jersey.
The IRS has a general guide about donations that may be helpful. It can be found here, and is a PDF file (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free to download).
Some highlights from this article include:
- You cannot deduct the value of your time.
- You can deduct the cost of fuel/oil and/or transport.
- You cannot deduct appraisal fees.
- You cannot deduct for household items that are considered “less than good used condition” (with exceptions for items over $500 fair market value in its current state)
- Household items include:
- You may deduct for a vehicle. At this current time, all vehicles donated to InfoAge fall under “Exception 1 – vehicle used or improved by organization”, unless otherwise directly confirmed with the individual donating the vehicle.
- You cannot deduct partial interest in property (with exception)
- You may deduct for donating inventory, following your standard method of accounting to determine it’s fair value.
- Most types of donated items rely on “Fair Market Value” to determine the amount available for deduction. “Fair Market Value” is defined as “the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts”.
- There are four major “tiers” of non-cash donations, being:
- Less than $250
- At least $250 but not more than $500
- More than $500 but less than $5,000
- More than $5,000
All donations to InfoAge receive a receipt acknowledging the donation for tax purposes. It is up to the individual donating to determine the value for their own records. InfoAge must determine value for its own records.
If you would like more information on the donation progress, please contact us. We’d be more than happy to help.
Employee matching gifts are simply that: corporate donations triggered by a gift made by an employee. This practice originated in the 1950s, when the chair of the General Electric Board of Directors persuaded his company to match employee gifts in order to stimulate their giving to colleges and universities. Since that time, many companies have adopted the idea and have expanded it to include other causes, although the bulk of the money still goes to education. Statistics from a recent survey done by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a nonprofit organization that promotes employee matching gifts, show that 51% of the companies surveyed made gifts to at least one noneducational organization, 30% matched environmental/conservation groups and 23% matched gifts to all nonprofit organizations.
A few more interesting statistics from CASE include:
- 33% of employee matching givers will match contributions from retirees
- 14% will match contributions from spouses of eligible employees
- 12% match employee gifts at a ratio of 2/1 or even 3/1
- Most matching gifts are unrestricted or are for the same use as the employee’s gift
- In addition to cash employee gifts, some companies will also match gifts of securities (51%) and volunteer time (6%)
Among the companies surveyed by CASE, the industries having the most matching gift programs were manufacturing, finance, insurance, services, and public utilities.
How Does the Matching Gift Process Work?
Company employees initiate matching gifts. The usual steps include:
- The employee gets a matching gift form from his/her employer (often the human resources department) and fills it out in full.
- The employee sends the form to the nonprofit organization along with his/her contribution.
- The nonprofit receiving the gift completes the form and mails it back to the company in question.
- The company sends the nonprofit the matching gift.
If a company does not have a matching gift program, an inquiry from an employee can sometimes help motivate management to set one up.
In addition to making financial gifts today, you may also want to consider including Information Age Learning Center in your long-term financial plans. This can provide you the opportunity to make a larger gift to InfoAge than you may have thought possible. InfoAge, these kinds of gifts mean future financial stability, allowing us to continue preserving the history of our community for many years. For you, these gifts can mean relief from estate taxes, capital gains tax relief, avoiding double tax on retirements assets, making a large gift through insurance plans, and even increased income.
The plans discussed below are only suggested ideas. If you would like to set up any of the following plans, we suggest that you discuss the possibilities with your attorney or financial planner. Please contact us, preferably by letter, and let us know of your plans.
Including InfoAge in your will
The easiest way to leave a lasting gift to InfoAge is by including us in your will. A bequest is as simple as it is powerful; with a few words in your will, you can continue to support the preservation and education efforts of InfoAge beyond your lifetime. Chances are even after you have made adequate provisions for your family and friends, you can have a bigger impact than you ever thought possible — and you don’t have to be wealthy to do it!
Best of all, when you make a bequest, you will have the good feeling of having done something significant to help preserve the history of the United States. No other kind of donation gives you this privilege.
How to participate
If you are already prepared to name Information Age Learning Center in your will you’ll need a few simple facts about us:
Legal Name: Information Age Learning Center
Address: 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, New Jersey
Federal Tax ID: 22-3607377
The gift can be declared in a number of ways. Here are some of the common ways to phrase your intentions:
Percentage of Estate
I give to Information Age Learning Center , currently of 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, New Jersey, ___% of my estate to be used in such a manner as the Board of Trustees of Information Age Learning Center shall, in its sole discretion, determine.
Residue of Estate (after probate costs and other expenses)
I give to Information Age Learning Center , currently of 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, New Jersey, ___% of the rest and residue of my estate to be used in such a manner as the Board of Trustees of Information Age Learning Center shall, in its sole discretion, determine.
I give to Information Age Learning Center, currently of 2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, New Jersey, the sum of $___ to be used in such a manner as the Board of Trustees of Information Age Learning Center shall, in its sole discretion, determine.